Oh my god, here's something about ubiquitous computing.
And here's an excerpt from the article:
"...just by walking down the street you could be subject to a personal biometric system, you could be scanned by the gateway of the transit system, there could be something embedded in the street or in the flooring beneath you... you could be touching other tangible interfaces in the environment around you... the lamp posts and the other features of the streetscape could have informational services... and last but not least there's the surveillance element, there's a UAV, a robotic helicopter which is also surveying the cityscape and communicating with all of these devices... This is really what I mean by a transformation of the relationship between user and device. This person is not a user anymore in any real sense of the English world, they are a subject."
It may seem like a vision of a distant science fiction world, but this scenario laid out by Adam Greenfield, author of "Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing", could be just around the corner. In fact, at this very moment in South Korea an entire city, a "U-city", is being built that utilizes ubiquitous technology. It had it's first test run in March of last year. Several other countries are currently planning, or are currently building cities modeled around South Korea's U-city.
What exactly is Ubiquitous Computing?
An "Everyware" world, as Adam Greenfield calls it, is a world in which computers are embedded and merged seamlessly everywhere in the environment. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags communicate their position and other information constantly in a vast network. Everyday objects become "searchable" as if they were part of the interconnected world wide web. Surveillance in an "Everyware" world is perfected to a degree that is unimaginable. Scientific management of people and the environment we inhabit becomes possible, and marketers' ultimate dreams come true."
Also, check out this video of Mary Kaptur discussing the elites and NAFTA:
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
First off, we have Sam Osemene, or Osemene in studio today. He's running for Austin City Council and we are most happy to have him. If you'd like to learn more about his platform, please go to his website:
Lots of fantastic surveillance stories today. I, Jon that is, am starting to think that this coming police state we're going to see is going to be more and more invisible than anyone yet imagines. There are quite a few virtual simulations under way, or that are about to be, that have VR avatars for...well...everyone in 64 countries. Yes, you read correctly. Please, learn more about Sentient World Simulation. Which, I might add, is supposed to be a
"continuously running, continually updated mirror model of the real world that can be used to predict and evaluate future events and courses of action. SWS will react to actual events that occur anywhere in the world and incorporate newly sensed data from the real world. [...] As the models influence each other and the shared synthetic environment, behaviors and trends emerge in the synthetic world as they do in the real world. Analysis can be performed on the trends in the synthetic world to validate alternate worldviews. [...] Information can be easily displayed and readily transitioned from one focus to another using detailed modeling, such as engineering level modeling, to aggregated strategic, theater, or campaign-level modeling." For Purdue abstract from Alok Chaturvedi titled Computational Challenges for a Sentient World Simulation published March 10, 2006, click here.
Here are some other related articles. The first two are from the very cool George Washington's Blog:
- We talked about Chertoff's statements earlier in the month when they were made, but nonetheless, here's an article entitled "U.S. Has Launched a Cyber Security 'Manhattan Project,' Homeland Security Chief Claims"
And, perhaps the most shocking article published yesterday, though underreported no doubt: